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Receiving tickets at the station in Italy, without being in Italy

Old Jun 3rd, 2013, 04:55 PM
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Receiving tickets at the station in Italy, without being in Italy

I am getting ready to purchase tickets in advance for Italy on the Trenitalia site, and notice that the delivery method says to retrieve tickets at any Italian station. My problem is that I will be traveling from Brig, Switzerland to Florence, and will not be in an Italian station ahead of time. I recall previously only having to give the invoice code to the conductor. Does anyone have experience with this? I hate to spend extra money purchasing paper tickets from Rail Europe to avoid this.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2013, 05:43 PM
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Don't buy them on Trenitalia as you will have to go to a self service kiosk in Italy to retrieve them. You need to buy them on the Swiss site and select a station to pick them up in Switzerland. www.sbb.ch

>>>I recall previously only having to give the invoice code to the conductor.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2013, 06:08 PM
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FYI - You will have to select which station in Switzerland to retrieve your tickets. You can click on the choices of cities you will be in before you visit Brig if you want to pick them up elsewhere or select Brig. Make sure of opening/closing hours. Some stations have shorter hours. Here's the hours for Brig.

https://www.sbb.ch/en/station-servic...osid.1609.html
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Old Jun 3rd, 2013, 06:59 PM
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Buy them here, not at Raileurope:
http://www.italiarail.com/rail-promotions
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Old Jun 3rd, 2013, 07:13 PM
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You can't buy them on Italiarail. You need to buy the international part Brig/Milan on sbb.ch as I stated above if you don't want to avoid mark-ups.

I would not buy the Italian portion on Italiarail either (a reseller in the US) as there is no way to change your reservations (even on tickets that allow changes) if you book with them. They also charge a fee (less than RE).
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Old Jun 3rd, 2013, 07:19 PM
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Obviously, kybourbon! Why didn't that cross my mind. Thanks!

Bob, have you used italiarail? I like livin' on the edge with the Trenitalia site, but I am somtimes traveling with students, and it's nice to have a US agency to work with.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2013, 09:19 PM
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If I have a Swiss pass, do I start my ticket in Brig, or can I start at Domodossola? I usually make this trip in the opposite direction before my pass starts.
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I'm confused. I thought you were traveling from Switzerland to Italy. You want to buy your ticket from the departure country.

You will have to get your pass activated.

Beware of Italiarail. Read their fine print. You can't access your tickets to make any changes like you can on Trenitalia(if you registered). They also tack on fees.

http://www.italiarail.com/terms-conditions
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Old Jun 3rd, 2013, 10:52 PM
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I am traveling from Switzerland to Italy, and will already have been in Switzerland for a week, and will still have time on my Swiss Pass. I will be leaving from Kandersteg, and am unsure if my pass will end at Brig or Domodossola.

Going from Kandersteg to Milano on SBB it looks like I won't be charged until Domodossola if I put in the GA discount (which is the same as the Swiss Pass?).

So I think I have it figured out, SBB Kandersteg to Milano, Trenitalia Milano to Firenza. Thanks so much for your help! I have never used a pass for part of a trip before.
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Old Jun 4th, 2013, 06:52 AM
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My understanding is it's good to Domodossola. Click on show map of validity under advantages at a glance. You will have to enlarge the map a few times.

http://www.swisstravelsystem.com/en/...s-pass-en.html

>>>if I put in the GA discount (which is the same as the Swiss Pass?).
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Thanks so much kybourbon!
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